Four counties across the region will share almost €460,000 in funding under the Town and Village Covid-19 Support Scheme.

Its part of an extra €10m for towns and villages under the July Stimulus Package in addition to the €15m already set aside for the scheme in 2020.

The biggest benefactor from the scheme across the region is Sligo where five areas share €140,000 for various projects.

Grange avail of €40,000 funding footpaths and enhancement works; Ballygawley receive €25,000 for widening and resurfacing work of a walking trail,; Tubbercurry get the same for resurfacing work of Wolf Tone Square,; Ballymote get the same for looped pathways and enhancement of the town centre and; Enniscrone receive €25,000 for enhancements of their Main Street and for marketing purposes.

Five areas of Galway share just over €134,000 funding under the scheme.

Ballinasloe obtains €40,000 for a shop local campaign, Christmas festival and a Parklet Pilot Scheme for traders,; Three areas receive nearly €25,000: Gort will undertake rejuvenation work on the market square, Athenry Community Park will undertake improvement works and the entire county receives the same for a shop local marketing campaign,; Clonbur receives almost €20,000 for the purchase of equipment to move their market outdoors.

Roscommon shares almost €71,000 between Athleague, Castlerea and Keadue, the first two receive €25,000 and €23,000 respectively for the purchase of outdoor equipment and Keadue gets just shy of €23,000 to replace the forecourt of St Ronan’s Hall.

Finally Mayo avails of just over €114,000 funding between Broadband Connection points and three towns and or villages.

The largest allocation goes to the BCP’s with just under €40,000 for ten facilities to provide them with furniture and IT equipment,; Cong, Laherdane and Westport all receive €25,000 under the scheme for a mixture of enhancement works and Covid-19 adaptations.

Fine Gael TD Alan Dillon welcomed the allocation of funding under the scheme to towns and villages in the Mayo area.

He told Midwest News that the innovative measures being undertaken will eventually allow businesses to recover after Covid-19.

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